Technology industry sees low representation of women on boards and in executive positions
According to a review by the Canadian Securities Administrators
, in 2020-2021, among 599 issuers: 22% of board seats were held by women, 6% of board chairs were women, and 35% of vacated board seats were filled by women. Moreover, 5% of issuers had a woman CEO, 17% had a woman CFO, and 67% had at least one woman in an executive officer position. Women’s representation on boards and in executive positions varies by industry: technology issuers had the second lowest representation of women on boards and the lowest in executive positions.
UNICEF, Finland host world’s first international forum on AI policy for children
UNICEF and the Government of Finland hosted the first Global Forum on AI for Children
this week. The event gathered experts from the around the world to discuss the importance of children’s rights in technology policy and AI, a topic that has traditionally been left out of national AI strategies
. Also at the event, UNICEF presented its Policy Guidance on AI for Children
. Published in November 2021, the guidance offers nine requirements for child-centered AI, such as providing transparency, explainability, and accountability for children, and preparing children for present and future developments in AI.
Study examines impact of suspension warnings on online hate
A team of researchers at NYU’s Centre for Social Media and Politics conducted an experiment
on Twitter to determine whether suspension warnings can be used to reduce online hate speech. The researchers found that warning tweets could decrease the ratio of tweets with hateful language by up to 20% in the week following the warning. Twitter has conducted similar research
on warnings with positive results.
Reports identify new trends in robotics patent activity, robotics adoption; researchers establish “North Star” for robotics field
published by the Centre for Security and Emerging Technology
examines robotics patents granted to inventors in 88 countries over a 15-year period. The report finds industrial robotics, medical robotics, and transportation to be the most popular category of robotics patents, and finds China to account for the most (35%) robotics patents globally. According to a second report
by the International Federation of Robotics, there are 3 million industrial robots operating in factories globally; China was the largest market for industrial robot installations in 2020, while Canada was 14th. Also in the robotics field, a team of researchers at Stanford University
, a set of benchmarks for 100 everyday household tasks, which can be used to assess “success” in the field of robotics.